Hocking Hills Outdoor Adventure and Recreation!

Are you looking for a little outdoor adventure? The Hocking Hills region is well known for incredible hiking, but that’s only the beginning. Other Hocking Hills attractions include canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, Zip lining, ATV riding, rock climbing, rappelling, fishing, bird watching, and more.

This page contains some of the most popular and recommended outdoor activities and recreation in Hocking Hills.

On the Water


Canoeing, Kayaking & Rafting:

The scenic Hocking River provides beautiful scenery that is not available on the hiking paths. The two most popular canoe liveries are listed below, but they offer much more than just canoing. You can also choose to kayak, tube, or raft down the meandering Hocking river. There are also some awesome night adventure and camping packages offered certain times of the year.  Check each locations website for more info and event schedules. 


Enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, picknicking and more on this beautiful 400-acre Hocking County lake. Boat and kayak rentals available.

  • 30443 Lake Logan Road, Logan, Ohio 43138

A 2,983-acre natural paradise where you can enjoy hiking, boat rentals, fishing, hunting, swimming, water sports, and more.

  • 27331 State Route 278, McArthur, Oh 45651


Strap on a jet pack and experience water adventure at a whole new level – literally! Only 15-20 minutes from the beautiful Hocking Hills!

  • Lakeview  Park
  • 2715 Sugar Grove Road, Lancaster, OH  43130
  • 740-FLY-TIME (359-8463)

In the Air


Hocking Hills is the canopy tour capital of the Midwest. More than 60 ziplines provide a bird’s eye view of breathtaking landscape as you fly over the treetops.

The following are ziplining, canopy tours, and rope courses offered in the Hocking Hills area. Each one offers their own unique blend scenery, excitement, challenges and fun.

  •  Ropes course
  • 15155 Sauerkraut Rd., Logan, OH 43138 / 740-380-1775

Also available in the area are hot air ballon rides and scenic air tours

On Land


ATV Riding:

Offering tons of activities for the whole family! ATV rentals by the hour on our 14 miles of private wooded trails on over 80 acres. The World’s 1st ZipRail; Hunger Range (archery & weapons throwing), paintball, and more. Largest Family Rope Course with over 64 challenge elements.

There are 129 miles of trails which provide a variety of trail riding experiences to OHV riders.

Rock Climbing:

Call 740-777-2579 for reservations to learn to rock climb and rappel with Ohio’s most experienced adventure guide company.

Beautiful sandstone cliffs and rock climbing challenges for all skill levels. 

Petting Zoo:

Get up close and personal with all the animals for a bargain admission fee of only $2.00. Feed is available for sale.

  • 14977 STATE ROUTE 664 S, Logan, Ohio, OH 43138

Horseback Riding:

Shooting Range / Gun Safety / Concealed Carry Classes and More!

Offering outdoor shooting ranges for tactical pistol, rifle, shotgun & archery. Concealed carry & advanced firearms courses. Corporate & group team-building events. On Guard Defense is proud to be a female-owned and veteran-owned American small business.

Golf / Mini-Golf:

  • Hocking Hills Market
  • US Rt. 33 at Rt.374, Rockbridge, 43149
  • 740-974-1138

Train Rides:

Throughout 2007, the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway will provide great opportunities for family-friendly adventures for you and your family. Adventures include the Easter Bunny Train, Ohio’s Friendliest Train Robbery, Fireworks Trains, Caboose Train, and Santa Trains. Whether it’s a themed event, the history, or just a relaxing train ride, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway–the family-friendly scenic railway!

  • Nelsonville Depot
  • 33 West Canal St, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764
  • 1-800-967-7834

Outdoor Drama:

Witness the epic life of the legendary Shawnee leader as he struggles to defend his sacred homelands in the Hocking Hills Ohio country during the late 1700’s. “Tecumseh!” Outdoor Drama in Chillicothe Ohio, near the Hocking Hills, has been labeled as one of the most mesmerizing dramas in the nation.

The huge outdoor stages of the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre in Chillicothe Ohio, near the Hocking Hills, afford the audience a unique viewing experience.

  • Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
  • 5968 Marietta Road, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
  • 1-866-775-0700

Got a Smart Phone?

Download the Official Hocking Hills app for hiking trails, driving directions, local businesses and more.